In our grief over the tragic loss of these beautiful lives we may find solace in knowing that no evil, not even death itself can harm their immortal souls. For they are forever the precious children of our Lord.
Our tradition teaches that we "do not offer comfort when their dead lie before them." But the time is also here for a serious national conversation. We need to ask ourselves [if] we can say, as did Joseph, "I am your brother."
Let us walk away from the broods of vipers -- the sin in our lives. Let us have courage and do what we know is right. In this Advent season let us live the Resurrection that the Child we wait for has invited us into.
Rejoice! God is near. Rejoice! God is here, baptizing with Holy Spirit and with fire, igniting passion even in grieving hearts. That love can change the world -- if we're willing to be canny and loving snakes.